Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Art & Beauty Tuesday--Hildegard of Bingen
This amazing work, Cultivating the Cosmic Tree was done by St. Hildegard of Bingen, a new Doctor of the Church.
The gold in the background is traditionally used to indicate the presence of divinity.
We see the universe surrounded by the Fire of God's love. Various animals are seen forcefully blowing air beyond the "waters above the heavens" to reach the creation on the earth.
We see people interacting with their world--harvesting and existing among the seasons.
Hildegard was an herbalist, as well as poet, composer, preacher and Benedictine nun. Far from being fearful of knowledge and of the science of her day, she embraced it, and used all her gifts for the glory of God.